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How to Draw an Isometric Forest

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If you're going to draw impressive isometric villages then it is important to be able to draw lots of different types of things in order to give variation. In this blog post we'll look at how to draw isometric trees.
SuppliesPencilIsometric paperSakura Pigma Micron PensWinsor and Newton ProMarkers We will need the 005 pen and Cool Grey 4 markers. All of these materials are available at the links above. Step 1: Trunk Outline Start by using the pencil to draw a simple rectangular shape. Extend it two boxes high and one box thick.


Step 2: Containing Box Now outline an imaginary containing box around the shape of the tree. This will serve as a guide when drawing the tree shape in the next step. I drew the lines that represent "the other side" of the box as dotted lines in order to help with my own understanding of the perspective.


Step 3: Tree Shape Now draw the tree shape. It should fill almost the entire box, should be randomly wiggly and deformed, and should stretch …

How to Draw an Isometric River

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If you're going to draw impressive isometric villages then it is important to be able to draw lots of different types of things in order to give variation. In this blog post we'll look at how to draw an isometric river.
SuppliesPencilIsometric paperSakura Pigma Micron PensWinsor and Newton ProMarkers We will need the 005 pen and Cool Grey 1-4 markers. All of these materials are available at the links above. Step 1: Cliff and River Outline Our example river will have a small cliff on the top side and will flow over a small waterfall. Go ahead and use the pencil to add these outlines. Notice the downward pencil marks on the cliffs help show the height of the cliff and they get shorter as they approach the end of the cliff. This represents the top of the cliff meeting the ground below. Make the pencil outline of the river random and wiggly.


Step 2: Rocks Now break up the bottom of the cliffs and the edge of the river by drawing in some rocks. This will give some character to the…

How to Draw an Isometric Village

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I continued my isometric drawing craze, this time experimenting with drawing a village. As you can see a few buildings and some natural features can really make an isometric perspective drawing pop. In this post I'll show you how to draw a house like the one in the picture above. In follow up posts I will bring it together with tree's, streams, cliffs, and other structures. SuppliesPencilIsometric paperSakura Pigma Micron PensWinsor and Newton ProMarkers We will need the 05 and 005 pens and Cool Grey 1-4 markers. All of these materials are available at the links above. Step 1: Pencil Outline To start draw a pencil outline of the shape, making sure to trust the isometric paper's lines. In this step you can feel free to experiment and erase as much as needed. Once you are done go ahead and erase any lines that would be covered up by other features. For example the bottom of the right most wall is partially covered by the steps. I erased this portion of that line so that I w…

Diversify Your Personal Rewards

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I have found it extremely helpful in life to always be working towards something. This does not necessarily imply goals with finish lines, but at the very least daily or weekly processes that you strive to carry out. This helps one focus on the small scale purpose for each day instead of being overwhelmed with trying to find purpose in longer time scales.

In doing this it is important to diversify. Have some short term and easy to accomplish tasks that provide a quick turn around on the feeling of reward you receive. For me this is often things like art, blogging, and exercise.

Also have some longer term, more difficult goals that require daily or weekly effort. The goals should be measurable and inevitable. For example writing a book should be the goal. Writing two thousand words a week will inevitable get you to the finish line. The quality of the book should not be the goal. That will be what it is, and in some sense is out of your control once you have decided on the process that…

Static Sites Are Not So Static

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Static websites refer to websites where the html of the page was rendered before your request was ever sent to the server. This is without exceptions the best performance possible: delivering flat html files which can be distributed over a content delivery network. This requires robust build time capabilities for turning various streams of code and content into the end result web page that the user sees. However it is not as limiting as someone who comes from a strong server side generation background might think.

To start, a static site can be a single page application as long as the body content of each page is available from the server along with the full html page. If this is the case then client side JS can be used to load in only the body content of new pages after the initial page load.

Static sites can also be progressive web apps and can be available offline. Nothing about PWA's prevents a static site from utilizing these features. In fact limiting tight server side coup…